Freddie Roach in January replaced Brian Baker, who had been hired last year as associate head coach and defensive line coach. Baker was initially expected to move into an off-field role at Alabama before taking an NFL job in February as the Indianapolis Colts’ defensive line coach.

Roach begins his third stint on Alabama’s staff after previously having served as assistant strength and conditioning coach (2008-10) and director of player development (2015-16). In between, Roach spent time at East Mississippi Community College, Murray State, South Alabama, and most recently as Ole Miss’ defensive line coach, assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator.

“I’m excited about having Freddie Roach on the staff,” HC Nick Saban said. “He’s an Alabama guy. He’s brought great energy and enthusiasm. He’s very knowledgeable. He’s got great pride in his performance in terms of what he’s trying to do [and] the players respond to him really, really well. So I think it’s very helpful to the chemistry of our staff to have that kind of personality added to the defensive staff.”

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